November 23, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Friday, Nov. 23

By Jesse Connolly

Eddie Johnston won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Bruins. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • If you were waiting for a well-known player to start questioning the tactics of the NHLPA, then Roman Hamrlik is probably your new hero.

  • Geoff Molson, owner of the Montreal Canadiens, said he “believes we’ll get back to playing” and he’s looking forward to that day.

  • Never shy about sharing his opinion, Sabres goalie Ryan Miller said he’s on board with the players’ union going the decertification route. In this instance, as a fan of hockey, you’ll be fully supportive of the netminder’s take.

Quick hits

  • Bruins’ prospect Matt Grzelcyk is second among all Hockey East freshmen in points. The defenseman from Charlestown, Mass., has 1-9-10 totals through 10 games.

  • After putting an end to their three-game skid on Tuesday night, the Monarchs will host the Worcester Sharks tonight at 7 o’clock. The two teams split their first two matchups, the last of which saw the Sharks earn a 1-0 victory in the shootout on Nov. 4. Captain John McCarthy (Andover, Mass.) had the winning strike for Worcester.

History lesson

  • Happy 77th birthday to former Bruins goaltender Eddie Johnston. The Montreal native’s 180 victories with the B’s rank fifth on the club’s all-time list. Johnston, a Bruin from 1962-73, was part of the ’70 and ’72 championship squads. His best NHL season came in 1970-71 when he went 30-6-2 for Boston.

Today on NEHJ

  • We’ll have a jam-packed afternoon of college content, featuring our latest Atlantic Hockey, ECAC and Hockey East Journals, as well as our latest college hockey power rankings.

Entirely off-topic

  • The Patriots absolutely spanked the Jets last night with a 49-19 victory. Watching Mark Sanchez get laid out in a collision with his own lineman’s ass will never get old.

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